Michelle Obama on iCarly: The Ties that Bind Politics and Hollywood

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First Lady Michelle Obama.

Michelle Obama made a visit to Hollywood in support of U.S. troops. Her stay included a chat with director J.J. Abrams and an appearance on the Nickelodeon kid's show "iCarly." Reuters reported the First Lady chose the show because Carly's (Miranda Cosgrove) fictional father is an Air Force colonel and because her own daughters' enjoy the show. The First Lady is not the only political personality born with the acting bug, though. There is a long history between performers and politics. A correlation could be made that one occupation perhaps lends itself to the other.

"Toddlers and Tiaras"

Shirley Temple, the iconic child star of the 1930s, whose trademark ringlets and dimpled smile melted generations of hearts, unsuccessfully ran the Republican ticket for Congress in 1967. Later Temple (married name Black) was appointed U.N. delegate by Richard Nixon. She also became U.S. Delegate to the Republic of Ghana and U.S. Chief of Protocol under President Gerald Ford.

"Dirty Harry"

"Dirty Harry" actor, Clint Eastwood, served a single term as Mayor of Carmel, California in 1986. It's a wonder this star of several gun-slinging, cowboy films didn't hop on his horse saddle and tell residents to go ahead and make his day. Eastwood has been very vocal in the press about his conservative leanings.

"I Got You Babe"

Sonny Bono, formerly married to Cher and star of the "The Sonny and Cher Show," was the Republican Mayor of Palm Springs from 1988 to 1992. In 1994, he became a Republican Congressman for the 44th District of California. His wife Mary Bono Mack won the election for Sonny Bono's congressional seat after he died in a tragic skiing accident.

"I Don't Recall"

Ronald Reagan was a successful radio, television and film actor before becoming the Governor of California in 1967. He served two presidential terms, from 1981 to 1989, with George Bush, Sr. as his vice president. His popularity took a hit after the 1986 Iran-Contra affair uncovered covert arms sales to Iran. Reagan's repeated defense during the congressional hearing was "I don't recall." Ironically in 1994, Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

"I'll Be Back"

Arnold Schwarzenegger was an Australian bodybuilder, turned Mr. Olympia, turned Terminator, turned Planet Business Man, turned Governator. Despite his unfortunate business venture in the bankrupt Planet Hollywood chain of restaurants, Schwarzenegger is reportedly worth $200 million and served two-terms as Governor of California. His public image has taken a hit amongst allegations of a secret son with a staff member and alleged sexual and personal misconduct.

The ties that bind Hollywood and politics are tight ones. Power, money and scandal dominate both realms. Also, since politics depend on a positive public image, popularity and votes and Hollywood is king of false impressions and promotion, it makes sense for the two to have such a symbiotic relationship.

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